House Dems, GOP Offer Competing Broadband Initiatives

Law360 (February 17, 2021, 9:38 PM EST) -- Lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives put forward dueling visions Wednesday to meet the persistent nationwide challenge of broadband gaps, as Democrats leading a key committee pushed for billions in public investment while Republicans focused on deregulation.

A congressional panel closely examined how to get high-speed internet to underserved regions, especially rural areas, a disparity that members from both sides agreed the COVID-19 pandemic has starkly exposed.

Lawmakers say the public health crisis has worsened the so-called "homework gap," in which some students fall behind because they live in areas that lack connectivity, their families can't afford broadband or their local...

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